The Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences (HvA), or Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, is a large institute for higher professional education in the Netherlands, established in 1993. The HvA mainly offers bachelor’s degree programs, but also has a number of (professional) master’s degree programs. For students from the HvA’s international partner institutes, it is possible to study at the HvA as an exchange student.
The HvA offers eighty courses of study, spread across locations in Amsterdam. The university maintains ties with the University of Amsterdam. HvA’s 2,300 employees serve more than 40,000 students.
An important way of learning is via work placements. All students at the HvA have a practical work period in order to get on-the-job experience in the field of their study. Such a work placement can be at a company or organization in the Netherlands or abroad. Most of the teaching at the HvA is organized in modules, which are given in four periods of ten weeks or in two semesters.